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Masons celebrate Blinn College Kruse Center with cornerstone leveling ceremony

Recreation center is scheduled to open this Fall

June 13, 2017

Cornerston Leveling Group

Masons from across the State of Texas joined Blinn College to celebrate the Kruse Center on Tuesday, June 13, with a cornerstone leveling ceremony conducted by Graham Masonic Lodge #20.

Due to weather, the ceremony was held in the Blinn College-Brenham Campus Student Center.

Currently under construction on the Blinn-Brenham Campus and scheduled to open this fall, the 36,000-square-foot Kruse Center will include space for general fitness, dance and yoga, kinesiology classes, student organization meetings, weightlifting and fitness space and multi-purpose rooms for community events and meetings. In addition, the Center will feature a gymnasium to host Buccaneer volleyball and basketball games as well as high school playoff games and will host summer camps to increase campus activity in the summer months.

Kenneth Young - Grand Lodge of Texas“This first-class facility will add vibrance and energy to Blinn’s campus community, helping to recruit and retain the high-achieving students who are the lifeblood of this institution,” said Dr. Mary Hensley, District President/CEO.

The facility was made possible through a generous gift from the Kruse family. Siblings Mildred Kruse Bridges, Evelyn Ann Kruse, the late Ed. Kruse and his wife Evelyn, and Howard Kruse and his wife Verlin established the gift in memory of their parents, E.F. and Bertha Kruse.

The Kruse family is involved in many civic endeavors in Brenham and throughout the state, and has been particularly supportive of Blinn College and Texas A&M University. In 2011, the Kruses were major contributors to the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex, home to Blinn’s nationally-renowned Agricultural Sciences Division. The family contributed to the state-of-the-art A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center that opened in 2010, and has donated to the College’s Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center, which hosts fine arts performances throughout the year. The Kruses have established endowed scholarships to help high-achieving students reach their career goals through a Blinn College education.

According to a 2014 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association report, 68 percent of students report that campus recreation facilities influenced their decision regarding which college or university to attend and 74 percent reported that campus recreation facilities influenced their decision to continue attending their chosen college or university. 

In addition to the health benefits, the study found that students who participate in student recreation facilities, programs or services reported an increase in their time management skills, respect for others, academic performance, sense of belonging, ability to multi-task, ability to develop friendships, group cooperation skills, communication skills, multicultural awareness and problem-solving skills.